Electro-Optics (M.S., Ph.D.)

Electro-optics technology is changing the way we see the world by rapidly revising the way we use and interact with technology. You can lead that change.

We are at the forefront of electro-optics research because we are one of the first universities to develop an electro-optics programs, and we are strongly supported by government and industry.We have 20 dedicated labs to support your work.

Our master's degree is a 30-hour program, and our Ph.D. program is typically 60 additional hours. In both programs, you have the opportunity to work with the industry's brightest thought leaders and scholars.

As a student in the University of Dayton's electro-optics graduate program, you will help shape the evolving face of technology.

M.S. Admission Requirements

Applicants to the electro-optics program should submit the following information in addition to the online application:

  1. Official academic records of all previously attended colleges or universities must be submitted directly from the colleges or universities to the Office of Graduate Admission Processing. Hand-carried transcripts, official copies marked Issued to Student and unofficial copies are not acceptable.
  2. Three letters of recommendation from professors or employers.
  3. A personal statement or résumé.
  4. Results from the GRE are not required. However, candidates are welcome to submit a score in support of their application.

Applicants must have an undergraduate degree from an accredited program in engineering, physics, chemistry, applied mathematics or other appropriate program of study. Applicants with a different undergraduate degree may be required to complete prerequisites. Applicants should have at least a 3.0 cumulative grade-point average on a 4.0 scale. Some programs require higher GPAs for admission. In some cases, applicants with a GPA below 3.0 may be admitted on a conditional basis.

Additional requirements apply for international students.

Additional Information
Graduate assistantships are available; however, restrictions may apply to international students. Some of the graduate assistantships are at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and require citizenship or permanent residency. Please contact individual programs for details.

Ph.D. Admission Requirements

Applicants to the electro-optics program should submit the following information in addition to the online application:

  1. Official academic records of all previously attended colleges or universities must be submitted directly from the colleges or universities to the Office of Graduate Admission Processing. Hand-carried transcripts, official copies marked Issued to Student and unofficial copies are not acceptable.
  2. Three letters of recommendation from professors or employers.
  3. A personal statement or résumé.
  4. Results from the GRE are not required. However, candidates are welcome to submit a score in support of their application.

Applicants must have an undergraduate degree from an accredited program in engineering, physics, chemistry, applied mathematics or other appropriate program of study. Applicants with a different undergraduate degree may be required to complete prerequisites. Applicants should have at least a 3.0 cumulative grade-point average on a 4.0 scale. Some programs require higher GPAs for admission. In some cases, applicants with a GPA below 3.0 may be admitted on a conditional basis.

Additional requirements apply for international students.

Additional Information
Graduate assistantships are available; however, restrictions may apply to international students. Some of the graduate assistantships are at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and require citizenship or permanent residency. Please contact individual programs for details.

Academic Requirements

Program requirements can be found in the online Catalog. Simply select the area of study to learn more.

Frequently Asked Questions

In what areas do your graduates find employment?
Electro-optics is an enabling technology, which prepares our graduates for a wide range of high-technology fields. Our graduates work in remote sensing, telecommunications, lasers, nonlinear optics, imaging and display technology, biophotonics, nanophotonics and medical technology.

What resources are available for financial aid?
Research assistantships are available through faculty grants, our LADAR and Optical Communications Institute, and through additional electro-optics activities at the Air Force Research Laboratories. Additionally, we have a graduate co-op program with the Sensors Directorate at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. U.S. citizenship is required for most of these opportunities. The electro-optics department has a limited number of teaching assistantships to support our students.

Do I need a separate form to be considered for a graduate stipend?
No. Your application form serves as the stipend application form. The second step of our admission process is matching available funds to prospective candidates.